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Tencent's WeGame X is now available internationally

Tencent's WeGame X is now available internationally

Chinese tech and entertainment giant Tencent has quietly launched an international version of its WeGame storefront.

An Early Access version of this - dubbed WeGameX - is now available, hosted in Hong Kong and is pretty bare bones. The platform features just 30 games at the time of writing, with the majority of these being from Chinese firms. The website, however, does list Deep Silver, Larian Studios and Hello Games as being on board.

Speaking to Abacus News, a Tencent rep said that this is going to be developed over time.

“WeGame X is a product WeGame is testing to serve its global users,” they said.

“We hope with the maturation of this product, we can bring more Chinese games overseas to cater to multiple gamer demographics.”

Tencent's plans to bring the WeGame platform to the international market were outed in July 2018, following a China-only launch in September 2017. Perhaps to counter this challenge, Valve has teamed up with local firm Perfect World to launch an official version of Steam in China. The platform is currently available in the region but it exists in something of a legal grey area.

Tencent's store is the Chinese corporation's latest play in video games. The firm owns League of Legends maker Riot and has stakes in companies including Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, Epic, Supercell and Frontier Developments.


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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